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Turning Up the Heat

Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 3/7/17


It’s no secret that spicy foods and flavors have been growing in popularity in recent years. This trend began picking up steam a few years ago and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. From foodservice to retail, spicy is in.
Why are these flavors and foods becoming so popular? People, and millennials specifically, are becoming more adventurous eaters. Millennials see these super spicy foods and flavors as a challenge; eating something particularly spicy can sometimes be seen as more of an experience. For millennials, mainstream flavors and familiar ingredients just aren’t going to cut it. It’s all about complex spicy ethnic flavors, unique peppers, and bold flavor combinations. Let’s break down this trend a little bit more:

The Sriracha Effect Sriracha

Thanks to Sriracha, spicy ethnic flavors have been seeing substantial increases in growth. Sriracha, an Asian hot sauce, first saw a major spike in popularity in 2013, and since has been featured on everything from snacks to sandwiches to frozen foods. It’s now relatively mainstream, and with millennials always looking for new and innovative flavors, Sriracha has been giving way to other spicy ethnic flavors and foods. Harissa, for example, is a spicy chili-based sauce common to North Africa cuisine. It’s been popping up on restaurant menus and has seen modest growth in the past year or two. Gochujang, a Korean chili paste, has also seen growth in the past couple of years in both foodservice and retail. Sriracha helped to fuel the demand for spicy ethnic flavors, so don’t be surprised to see more flavors like Harissa and Gochujang both on restaurant menus and at the grocery store.

Popular Peppers

Seeing as millennials love a good challenge, it’s not surprising that flavors like Ghost Pepper and Habanero have been popping up at retail, and even foodservice to an extent. These flavors bring the heat and satisfy millennials’ desire for spicy foods. In the naming of retail food items, we’ve been seeing more ingredient call-outs, especially for peppers. Adventurous millennials look for unique peppers to spicy up their snacks and meals. Don’t be surprised to see more Guajillos, Habaneros, Jalapenos, Poblanos, and Serranos called out on retail packaging and restaurant menus.

Sweet Heat Combos


Although super spicy flavors have been gaining popularity, there are still consumers who shy away from spicy flavors. The best way to engage these consumers? By offering sweet heat flavor combinations. Sweet heat flavors have seen a significant rise in popularity, as they have much more mass appeal than a spicy flavor on its own. Sweetness, most often from fruit, helps to provide balance to a spicy flavor. We expect fruit and pepper combinations, like Mango Habanero, Peach Chipotle, and Apricot Jalapeno, are expected to see gains in the coming months.

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African Inspiration

Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 11/8/18

African Cuisine

We’ve been inspired by African flavors – and you will be too!

In the past few years, consumers have been pushing for more authentic ethnic cuisines and flavors. Millennials, of course, have influenced this, as they tend to be more adventurous eaters, but people in general have been more interested in having their food tell a story. As a result, cuisines from around the world have seen an increase in popularity.

With Asian, Latin, and Mediterranean cuisines seeing the most significant gains both in foodservice and at retail, our customers are always asking us, “What’s next?” Our answer: African. From Congo to Kenya, foods and flavors from Africa have seen modest gains in foodservice, but we expect African flavors to be the next ethnic trend. 

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Our taste trend research shows that African spice blends and condiments are seeing rises in popularity. Seasoning blends like Baharat, Ras el Hanout, and Dukkah aren’t mainstream yet, but they’ve seen an increasing amount of exposure in fine dining. What typically starts trending in fine dining eventually makes its way to retail, which is how we know these flavors will soon be making their way onto everything from potato chips to proteins at the grocery store.

The best thing about these blends? They’re incredibly versatile. Here at Fuchs, we put Ras el Hanout on everything, including ice cream, cookies, and snacks. Baharat is equally versatile, as it goes well on proteins, vegetables, grains, and even snacks.

Thanks in part to Sriracha, there’s been a huge increase in demand for super spicy ethnic flavors. Harissa, a Northern African chili pepper paste, has already been making its way to foodservice and retail, being featured on bagels, sandwiches, and in frozen food. Another spicy African flavor? Piri Piri, which originated in Portugal but is commonly used in Eastern African cuisine, is a sauce that utilizes the Piri Piri pepper, lemon, and spices to bring the heat. It’s commonly used as a marinade for seafood and protein, but don’t be surprised if you see it on snacks in the future.

Inspiring African

Ras el Hanout

So what is the allure of African cuisine? It is exotic for one. Millennials are super adventurous eaters and will be excited to try new menu items inspired by African cuisines. It’s also very flavorful, with unique spices blends, citrus components, and super spicy peppers and flavors. People have been exceptionally health conscious in recent years, and African cuisine is relatively healthy, as it often times features vegetables, grains and seafood.

Here at Fuchs, we’ve captured the vibrant flavors of African cuisine in several of our custom seasoning blends. Drawing inspiration from authentic dishes from Ethiopia, Mozambique, Senegal, and more, these seasonings are sure to be a hit!

And Fuchs’ innovation doesn’t stop there. Our R&D team will develop custom seasoning solutions for your needs!

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Spring 2017 Flavor Insights

Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 2/21/17

Lemon Meringue

Spring is fast approaching – before you know it, the flowers will be in bloom, the trees will have leaves again, and your favorite Spring flavors will be back on menus and in the grocery store! Here at Fuchs, Springtime means the resurgence of some of our favorite spring flavors and the introduction of new trendy flavors. Need help navigating seasonal trends? Look no further – we put the “season” in seasoning!

Here’s what we’re expecting to see from Spring 2017 flavors:

Focus on Fruit Mango

Fruity flavors – especially in combination with spicy flavors – have been seeing an increase in popularity across categories, and there’s no doubt that they’ll be increasingly popular this spring. People tend to associate springtime with freshness, and fruity flavors fit the bill. Expect to see more Mango, Apricot, Peach and Raspberry flavors on the menu and at the grocery store this spring. We know that sweet heat flavors have been particularly trendy recently, and these fruits deliver on sweetness. Don’t be surprised to see more Raspberry Chipotle and Peach Habanero flavors in everything from snacks to salad dressings to even yogurt.

Nothing says spring like bright, fresh citrusy flavors! You can expect to see citrus flavors paired with sea salt on snacks, and even citrusy dessert flavors, like Lemon Meringue and Key Lime Pie, as LTOs and on snacks and cookies.

It's All About Avocado

Avocados have been all the rage in the past couple of years, mostly due to their reputation as a health food. While avocados aren’t exclusively a spring flavor, they do see a rise in popularity in the spring. Perhaps this is due to those lingering New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier? Nonetheless, avocado will find its way into more dishes this spring as LTOs, and avocado and guacamole flav


ored items will also see a boost at retail.

Cocktail Inspired Flavors

Everyone loves a good, refreshing cocktail! Beverage inspired desserts and snacks have been growing in popularity recently, so this spring, you can expect to see more retail items inspired by some of your favorite cocktails. Flavors like Margarita, Strawberry Daiquiri, and Sangria pair particularly well with popcorn, yogurt and desserts, while flavors like Bloody Mary and Minty Mojito go well with seafood.

Moving Forward with Fuchs

At Fuchs, we have seasonings inspired by every season to help you figure out your next LTO or seasonal product line – and the taste trend research to back it up.

And Fuchs’ innovation doesn’t stop there. Our R&D team will develop custom seasoning solutions for your needs!

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Millennials & Snacking: Trends & Insights

Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 7/11/18


Everyone loves snacking – especially Millennials. In fact, most Millennials snack frequently throughout the day, sometimes rather than eating full meals. As a seasoning supplier to snack food manufacturers, we’ve seen the impact that Millennials have had on the snack food industry. From healthier snacking options to more unique flavors, Millennials have been changing the way we look at snacks. 

Snack Nuts

Remember the days when snacking had an unhealthy connotation? In the past, there were few “healthy” options for snacks. Millennials, however, have been known to be health conscious and to look for claims on snack food packaging, more so than older generations. Millennials tend to perceive organic, non-GMO and all natural products as healthier than other products, so they’re likely to gravitate towards products with those claims. Snacks with simple, recognizable ingredients have been growing in popularity, as have snacks with high protein, low fat, and fewer calories. Sales for products like ready to eat popcorn, jerky, trail mix, and snack nuts have increased significantly in recent years due to Millennials’ interest in “healthier” snacks. Alternatives to potato chips, like veggie chips, have also seen increases in popularity for that reason.

Millennials are always on the go – and they want their snacks to go with them! Portable, convenient snack options are appealing to Millennials. Seeing as Millennials are constantly snacking, it’s no surprise that they want to be able to take their snacks wherever they go. A snack that can be eaten on the go will be much more appealing to a Millennial than one that can’t.

Beet Chips

When it comes to food, Millennials tend to be more adventurous than older generations. That’s why they’ve been driving flavor expansion across categories. Not surprisingly, flavor is one of the top factors that Millennials look for when choosing a snack. Ever feel overwhelmed by the number of flavors in the potato chip aisle at the grocery store? That’s partially due to Millennials’ interest in exciting and unique flavors. They’ve been driving growth in ethnic flavors and regionally inspired flavors. A plain barbeque isn’t necessarily going to cut it with Millennials; they’ll be more interested in a Korean Barbeque, Kansas City Barbeque, or Honey Sriracha Barbeque.

Need help developing an out-of-this-world snack seasoning to win with Millennials? We’ve got you covered! Find out more about our Product R&D

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